Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror

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by Rohan Gunaratna
     
 

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Based on five years of research, it sheds crucial new light on Al Qaeda's role in financing and training terrorists in Asia, Africa, the Caucuses, the Balkans, and the West and assesses the terror network's future in the wake of September 11.

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Based on five years of research, it sheds crucial new light on Al Qaeda's role in financing and training terrorists in Asia, Africa, the Caucuses, the Balkans, and the West and assesses the terror network's future in the wake of September 11.

Editorial Reviews

Wolf Blitzer
An alarming, but important book on al Qaeda.
CNN
Washington Post
Excellent....Gunaratna has taken a great deal of information from around the world—marshalling together police and intelligence sources, his own interviews with al Qaeda associates and the group's own documents—to create a comprehensive examination of the terrorist network.

— Peter Bergen

New York Review of Books
[This] book is a careful and methodical account of bin Laden's emergence as a leader, and of al-Qaeda cells active around the world. As a handbook, Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror does the work of many tomes, but its chief strength is to be found in Gunaratna's final chapter, where he argues that the political war will be ignored at America's peril.

— Thomas Powers

Foreign Affairs

An essential first step in good counterintelligence work.

The Times (London)

[A] remarkable new study.... No one reading Gunaratna's book could be in any doubt that Al Qaeda is an awesome force.

The Sunday Times (London)

One of the few qualified to talk with authority about Al-Qaeda is Rohan Gunaratna, author of this excellent book.... He has interviewed more than 200 terrorists, including Al-Qaeda members, in dozens of countries, and read countless transcripts of intercepted communications, including calls made by Bin Laden himself.... It is one of the strengths of Gunaratna's book that he shows conclusively how disparate attacks against western interests all stemmed from the same source.

Financial Times (London)

Rohan Gunaratna succeeds.... His deep understanding of the mechanics of the menace has allowed him to wearve an account of how Al-Qaeda became--and remains--a threat.

The Economist

The most alarming conclusion to be drawn... is how little we really know about Al Qaeda.

Washington Post - Peter Bergen

Excellent....Gunaratna has taken a great deal of information from around the world--marshalling together police and intelligence sources, his own interviews with al Qaeda associates and the group's own documents--to create a comprehensive examination of the terrorist network.

New York Review of Books - Thomas Powers

[This] book is a careful and methodical account of bin Laden's emergence as a leader, and of al-Qaeda cells active around the world. As a handbook, Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror does the work of many tomes, but its chief strength is to be found in Gunaratna's final chapter, where he argues that the political war will be ignored at America's peril.

Wolf Blitzer

An alarming, but important book on Al Qaeda.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231501828
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/05/2002
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
17 MB
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Meet the Author

Rohan Gunaratna is research fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and honorary fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Israel. Previously, he was principal investigator of the United Nations'Terrorism Prevention Branch, and he has served as a consultant on terrorism to several governments and corporations. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois, the University of Maryland, and the University of Notre Dame, and has lectured widely in Latin America,the Middle East, and Asia on terrorism and countermeasures. He is the author of six books on armed conflict.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Finally a book that analyses and explains who the ominous 'Al-Qaeda' are, where they come from and who they will be in the future. It is an eye opener for all who thought the phenomenon of muslim terrorism will go away soon. It tends to drown the reader with long names and details, but if you hang in you will see the big picture. And that is pretty unnerving. The book has become mandatory reading for all NYPD superior officers.